Category: Silicon Alley Roundup


Internships: Learn A Little, Network A Lot

Every Summer interns take their wide eyed aspirations to places like Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Austin, and beyond. In speaking with entrepreneurs, and even after years of feedback from an old Under30CEO article (5 Business Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Graduated), a new tip has started to emerge. “I wish I would have networked more.”

Think about some of the internships you will find your way to and the people that invest in internships. You’ll have a mix of rising young superstars that may stick you on coffee duty, but will later become the managers or executives tomorrow. You may have a hustling internship at a startup that you think will never make it. Either way, the people around you have experiences and connections that you can learn from, even if you don’t think they are good to know today, everyone has something that they can share that you don’t yet know. Read more →


Do ya think I’m sexy? Do ya really need Big Data?

Let’s look at some search data before we get started:

Data is sexy. According to Google, that search phrase has approximately 51.4 million results leading with Harvard Business Review’s 2012 article “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.”

Data is not sexy. Though it is popular, this search phrase only turns up 45.7 million results with the top hit coming from a site called KDnuggets saying “Data scientists aren’t as sexy as we thought.”

Based on these numbers, big data is sexy. It has become a term thrown around the pages of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times business sections like a sprinkling of salt on steak. It is an unavoidable tech term that now shows a reporter’s street cred. Big data has become so big that the Wikipedia page has an array of definitions. If Big data had a Tinder profile, the world would be swiping right. Read more →

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Silicon Alley Roundup: Tech Trends, NYC Rent Subsidies, and Must Reads

Last weekend’s marathon was unfortunately a bust due to the expected 95 degree weather, but I still was able to run the half marathon as a replacement and have a PR which put me in 214th of 4400 runners.  Okay, it is 214th, but I’m also an amateur runner, so given the field, I’m pretty proud of it.  I finished in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 22 seconds, or about a 7:17 pace for the 13.1 miles.  Best of all, .....

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Silicon Alley Roundup: Running Down Dreams

I talked about the Facebook IPO being a stimulus package.  That lasted for just a few minutes and I won’t even mention the mess that has come up over the last week.  I’m sure you’ve read plenty, and I’m tired of hearing and talking about it, so I’ll spare you. Another Friday and another trip out of NYC.  Memorial Day weekend has most people heading to sunny beaches, but I’m flying to Madison and Chicago for the weekend to do the Madison Marathon a.....

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Silicon Alley Roundup: Facebook IPO Edition

Talk about a stimulus package.  Facebook rang the bell on Nasdaq, and just started trading.  Off we go! Thanks to Betabeat’s shoutout last week as well. Here is this week’s abbreviated and pretty Facebook-centric roundup…   Roundup Reads for the Week: •If you were wondering who was going to get rich off this IPO, here is a quick rundown by Fortune: .....

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Silicon Alley Roundup: Betabeat’s Porn Obsession & Booming NYC Tech

This happens far too often.  You find a restaurant you want to try, google it, jump onto their website, click the ‘Menu’ link, and up pops a PDF.  This is so outdated and archaic.  I just had one come up where it was 14 pages of PDF.  Granted, most is their alcohol list,  it really makes me no.....

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Silicon Alley Roundup: InstagramNYC, Accelerators, and Jumping the Shark

First Dick Clark and now Levon Helms.  This week has been tough with the passing of prominent people in music.  Both have created memories that shaped my childhood.  Dick Clark for all of the New Years Eve’s as a child with my family and old episodes of American Bandstand, then Levon and The Band for his music that fueled many family road trips and expanded to me following bands like Phish or Bob Dylan during my high schoool summers, or while driving through the night with friends to.....

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Silicon Alley Roundup: DC Marathon and Co-founder breakup’s edition

With my company entering the ERA incubator January 1, I had decided my two year streak for the DC Marathon was coming to a close. However, a couple friends, a few beers, and me inspiring a couple others that if they really wanted to do one, they could, I suddenly was also roped in. Unfortunately, the others have backed out or down to half marathons, but I’m still going for it.   Not going to lie, last year was rough. I ended up with stomach issues and vomiting off the.....

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Silicon Alley Roundup: Facebook IPO, Startup America & AARRR Acquisition

Facebook filed to go public with the SEC this week.  More below, but let’s just say there are going to be a lot of new millionaires in America that will hopefully start investing in more startups.  I can only see this improving the support for new business in America with an influx of new investors.  Or so I hope. Most New Yorkers have a big Giants game on their mind for Sunday, I’m sure it will be a great game, but I’m just not that excited for either team to win......

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Silicon Alley Roundup: Leadership lessons and Airbnb on the rise

I’m finally recovering after a week of the flu and just in time for the weekend.  I wish I could have reversed that, but so it goes.  During that time, I managed to find a new, very dorky hobby I want to get into: Andruino.  Time is short, but any beginning advice is appreciated!   Before we get into this week’s roundup, I compiled 5 tips to avoid getting sick with some help from the CDC:   Get a flu.....

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